MENA Mentoring Initiative

With COVID-19 restrictions having limited access to traditional sources of networking and scholarly support, we are pleased to offer a new opportunity for early-career scholars to receive feedback and guidance on a project-specific activity.

See last year’s Call for Applications for more information. The deadline for applications is Sunday October 16, 2022.

Eligibility and Scope
The MENA Mentoring Initiative is open to early-career scholars (PhD students, post-doctoral fellows, and faculty/researchers who received their PhD within the past 5 years) who are citizens of countries in the Arab MENA region (priority is given to candidates based at institutions in the MENA region). Selected applicants will be paired with a senior scholar for a period of 3 to 6 months for feedback and mentoring on a project-specific activity. Acceptable project activities include:

  • journal article
  • book chapter
  • dissertation chapter
  • book proposal
  • grant proposal

How to apply:
Completed applications, including all necessary documents (in PDF or Word Format), must be submitted by the deadline listed. All applications must be in English and include:

  1. The completed online Application Form
  2. A detailed recent Curriculum Vitae / Resume
  3. A short project statement (500 words maximum) describing the specific project you seek feedback on. This statement should outline the focus and status of the research project, including the methods used, the data/fieldwork on which it is based, where the project is in terms of completion, intended outputs, and how it relates to your broader research agenda. Please also note the specific journal(s) you wish to target (if applying with journal article); date you hope to defend (if dissertation chapter); deadline for submission of book chapter, book proposal, grant proposal; include link to grant opportunity if relevant. The work should not be part of a co-authored project and should not be an excerpt from a work that is already completed or accepted for publication.
  4. Three suggested mentors (please know that it may not be possible to pair you with your suggested mentor)

Upon selection, APSA will identify possible mentors and match selected applicants with appropriate mentors. In each case, we will help outline a clear set of responsibilities, expectations, and timeline to help guide the mentorship. All selected mentees will receive 1-year APSA membership to facilitate professional development and networking.

If you have questions or seek additional information, please email: